I Believe that Entrepreneurship Saved My Life
“When I was 11 years old, my father came home from work and told our entire family that a routine medical exam revealed that cancer was ravaging his body, and that he was given only six weeks to live.” These were the first words from Rick Sapio as he held the attention of everyone in […]
Michelle Kinder’s Compassionate Commitment to Sanity
My entire life I have had a front-row seat to a leadership style that is grounded in purpose and relationships. My parents, Herb and Judy Billings, were missionaries in Guatemala, and both were natural leaders who were more preoccupied with contribution than personal achievement. Their clarity of purpose, combined with a humility and curiosity, gave […]
Christopher Crow: Redefining Patient Care One Doctor At A Time
It was never the outsides of things that interested Christopher Crow, a man who has always had a way of seeing things as they were while daring to dream of how they could be. It’s not surprising that his office in Plano, Texas, is a nice but unremarkable structure, the sort of professional services building […]
Mike McGuire: A Great Forehand
When Barry Andrews started Dallas-based Andrews Distributing Company, a beer and beverage distributor, in 1976, the company was founded on the idea of business as a family with strong core values; one that viewed all customers, vendors, and employees as stakeholders in that family. In the ’90s, there was already strong vision, growth, and culture […]
Greg Massey: Bankers Who Care About Divorce Rates… What’s the Punchline?
“If we’re doing our job, the community will have lower divorce rates and higher credit scores,” says Greg Massey, CEO of First United Bank. To Massey, a bank is not just a place to safeguard deposits and make loans; banks can elevate the finances, zeitgeist, and emotional health of the communities they serve. It’s a […]
Scott Flowers’ Bucket Full of Purpose: The Unconventional Journey to Impact
When banking executive Scott Flowers found himself laid off with a year’s severance package, some big questions emerged. A foreign company had purchased his previous employer in North Texas and consolidated the businesses, leaving Scott in a flurry of interviews and LinkedIn networking, and traveling the country chasing opportunities. But one thought kept recurring: part […]
Andy Eby: Practice. Play. Grind It Out.
Andy Eby’s cleats dug into the soil of Lambeau Field, as he grasped the football and took a deep breath, right there at the center of the offensive line. Andy wasn’t playing for the NFL because he was the best and most talented football player. He was playing amongst the elite because he’d spent his […]
What’s Your Purpose? 38 Epic Purpose Statements of Stagen Member Companies
At Stagen, we believe that an organization’s purpose is something that already exists and it is the responsibility of leaders to find an elegant way to articulate it. Said differently, you don’t create purpose, you uncover it. A great purpose statement should exemplify elegance and simplicity on the other side of complexity. It should inspire […]